November 05, 2016

So I Watched Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV

I managed to get a copy of Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV, a prequel/semi-parallel movie to the long awaited video game by Square-Enix, Final Fantasy XV. I was curious about the movie's mixed reception, well mostly bad, unfortunately. So yeah, I watched it and here are my thoughts... don't worry, it's spoiler free.

Kingsglaive: FFXV is set during Prince Noctis Lucis Caelum's absence, he's having a long trip outside Lucis. The main hero is Nyx Ulric, a member of Kingsglaive, a special group of royal soldiers bestowed with King Regis Lucis Caelum CXIII's magic. They're tasked to protect King Regis and stop Niflheim's invasion.

The story have political elements: To stop the war, both warring parties agreed to sign a suspicious peace treaty, then a predictable commotion happens. The story is not overly convoluted. There are some plot holes and very few character backstories.

There are some Star Wars inspired scenarios in this movie. The Final Fantasy series sometimes takes inspiration to Star Wars and look at the image I used at the start of this blog, this is just cropped but if you see the full image it looks very similar to a Star Wars poster.

Nyx Ulric is a standard heroic (not emo, angry or angsty) character and it turns out he's a really cool main protagonist. Lunafreya is a damsel in distress, but she's a strong character that's willing to do her task even she's in trouble. The other characters and Kingsglaive members are pretty basic (with little character development with each other) and sadly expendable but some of them have unpredictable roles.

I don't have any problems with the voice acting, it's pretty good. But there are times that I think I heard the voice of Aaron Paul, voice actor for Nyx, reverts to his normal voice in some scenes.

This is a full CG movie and wow it looks so real! The characters are looks more realistic than their video game counterparts because the faces of the main and few important (and lesser) characters in this movie are 3D scanned from real people (with some minor tweaks). Their hairs look so real too. The motion and facial capture makes them even more realistic, they can pass as real people.

The movie takes you to few different locations in the world of Eos like the badlands, Tenebrae and Lucis. This world's settings is a mix of modern, medieval and fantasy... with a bit of sci-fi. The environment looks realistic thanks to the details, textures and lighting that looks natural. It looks like they shoot this movie on a real set. What's funny is that this movie looks so much better than the game. Well to be fair, Kingsglaive: FFXV is a fully pre-rendered CG movie, if this is a game, the graphics may have a small downgrade.

The movie may have a pretty basic (and good) story, but it makes up for the awesome action scenes. These action scenes beats Advent Children's in my opinion. While watching the epic scenes in Kingsglaive: FFXV, I was like "woaaah!!" and "wooooow!" followed by awesome chills and goosebumps!

The music is great and very much like Final Fantasy. John Graham composed the soundtrack. I really love the soundtrack especially the intense music that boosts the epicness of the movie's fight scenes and scenes that's full of suspense and tension.

If you're not a fan of Final Fantasy, this movie will just look like a normal fantasy movie with cool action scenes and you might find the story confusing. If you're a fan, especially for a long time, you'll notice the familiar creatures, cool easter eggs and other references from other Final Fantasy games and you'll easily catch on with the story. This movie is made for fans and build more hype to those who are going to play Final Fantasy XV. I also watched the mini anime series, Brotherhood: FFXV before this movie so I'm super hyped for the game now.


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